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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jan 25, 2011 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sound quality of new 72' box set

No question it'll sound great, in some cases perhaps even startling. Really looking forward to 4/29/72, which will be the gem of this set. I'm not sure I trust Jeffrey Norman as a mixer, though. There have been times I preferred the circulating mix to his work... For instance on the Ladies & Gentlemen '71 set, many folks thought Phil didn't sound right; and I liked the sound of my 4/8/72 tape more than the mix on Steppin' Out, even though that may have been technically 'superior'. Many times, newer digital mixes sound flatter somehow...

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Poster: Jim F Date: Jan 25, 2011 11:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sound quality of new 72' box set

Wouldn't that be fantastic if in the future we had the technology where we could download raw transfers of all 16 tracks individually and mix them ourselves? I bet Bob Menke would just love that.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jan 25, 2011 7:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sound quality of new 72' box set

Hey, LiA! I was just thinking that listening to Steppin' Out over the weekend. Phil's buried and rather thin, IMO. His sound has a little more bottom in Rockin' the Rhein. But listening to both I found myself yearning for a Phil-heavy 2-track mix from 70 or 73.

I'm looking forward to comparing new mixes of those same shows to see whether he came up in the mix at all. I'm guessing there would be some influence of the equipment they used in Europe (same at all shows, or different in UK vs. the continent?), but you'd think with 16-track tapes they could feature Phil as much or as little as they like.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jan 26, 2011 12:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: sound quality of new 72' box set

I don't think I had any issues with the way Steppin' Out sounded, really... Sometimes you just get used to, say, a radio mix of a show, so any 'official' mix you hear afterward sounds a little off. 60 CDs of the Steppin' Out sound would be OK with me.

Yeah, with 16-track, they could produce any mix variation they wanted to; but they're pretty conventional with their mixing, so I expect instrument levels & placement to be about the same as what we're used to; maybe some things will be a bit louder...